The State prosecutor Brian Vito sought to coerce his witness Dr George Washaya to testify against Dr David Parirenyatwa after his evidence before court exonerated the former minister of Health and Child Care instead of nailing him.
Washaya was brought in as a State witness, meant to testify against Parirenyatwa but his evidence however distances Parirenyatwa from the offense as he told the court that Parirenyatwa only had the ministry’s best interests and it was NatPham which needed to be investigated instead.
In his testimony today during reexamination, Washaya maintained that Parirenyatwa only seconded the hiring of Newmnan Madzikwa as the Managing Director after the board had already began recruiting him.
“When i was giving my defense, i said Nancy Sifeku was not perfoming well, drugs were in short supply at the hospitals and the new dispensation needed this addressed,” said Washaya.
“We had already begun recruiting Newman Madzikwa when he was seconded by the then minister which makes it clear that he was also our option.”
Deputy chief magistrate Elijah Makomo who is presiding over the matter said he would decide if Washaya’s testimony is truthful.
Parirenyatwa who is represented by Depak Mehta and James Makina is accused of causing double dipping for NatPharm which ended up paying two salaries towards the managing director’s post since Sifeku’s contract was not dissolved.